If you want the number one news article Kevin Osborne wrote during the campaign that would have clinched any alleged quid-pro-quo it would be this false story that was disproved rather easily by Osborne's old new outlet, CityBeat.
The second action Osborne gave Cranley was this follow-up story where he continued the Cranley attack on Qualls, disguised as allowing Qualls to respond. It is hardly balanced when a reporter expands on the attack in a story billed as a response to said attack.
The inaction Osborne provided his prospective employer during the campaign was keeping silent on why Cranley resigned from council. I missed any reporting from Osborne on why Cranley waited nearly six months after he got the Ohio Ethics commission letter, telling him he had a conflict of interest, before he resigned from City Council. One might figure Osborne, who was working for CityBeat at the time, would have reported on that and investigated it. I guess he was too busy investigating how he would spin the 'exclusives' the Cranley Campaign was feeding him.
This hiring is beyond laughable, it is just pathetic. Local media are reporting on it, but are not allowing their reporters to hit, at least not yet. Any journalist who considers this ethical may need to revisit a few journalism basics. Since there is evidence of Osborne throwing away any journalistic ethics he may have had out the window, no honorable journalist can hide behind any type of "blue line" code of protection for other journalists. They also can not play the fear game, that Osborne can deny access. Any threat Osborne, Kincaid, or even Cranley make to journalists is hollow. More importantly, if they try to act on it, I think there are plenty of the nine members of Council that could easily nullify any attempt at Cranley retribution on a journalist.
What needs to happen most immediately is for the investigation into who leaked the Duke Memo to Kevin Osborne be restarted. Osborne's connection to the Cranley Administration is more than clearly there. If WCPO knows the source of the moemo, they now have the ethical obligation to report it, if it came from anyone who would have had connection or influence over hiring Osborne for his new political job.
If anyone believes there is not smoke to the allegations of a quid-pro-quo to the Osborne hiring, they need to know something about the Cranley cabal, things like this don't happen in a vacuum.